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Kensington Palace has been the home of some of Britain’s most respected members of the Royal Family. Queen Victoria used to live there, so did Diana, Princess of Wales. George II and Princess Margaret did too. Which makes the discovery of some rude graffiti, left by a workman over 100 years ago, all the more fantastic.
During restoration work on the ceiling by the palace’s front door, a beam has been uncovered, dated 1/2/1902 which reads: “Peter Jackson, The Champion F***er!”
It’s not clear whether the author is Peter Jackson (clearly not THAT Peter Jackson) or someone who really doesn’t like Peter Jackson, but whoever it is, you have to admire his nerve.
A Kensington Palace spokeswoman told the Telegraph (who have a picture of the beam in question): “It appears that the graffiti may have been left by an earlier contractor responsible for refurbishment or redecorating works at the palace over a century ago.
“Curators have carried out research in an attempt to find out more about Mr Jackson and his role at Kensington Palace, but without any luck.”
Lee Prosser, Buildings Curator at Historic Royal Palaces added: “When this was written he must have thought he was perfectly safe, that nobody in the world would ever lay eyes on it again.
“Sadly, we don’t know very much about Peter Jackson, but evidently he, like many others throughout history, could not resist the temptation to leave his mark on a royal palace.”
Sadly the beam is now partly rotten, so ‘Peter’s contribution to the Palace has been taken out and preserved, presumably for future generations to enjoy.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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